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Joze Gorjup, Slovenian Painter

File:Jože Gorjup - Kopalke.jpg

RT will tell it straight: this translation was a tough one (partly because of all the place names and history). But persevere he did, and RT offers below his best shot at a translation of the information on Slovenian Wikipedia’s JG page.


Jože Gorjup (1907-1932) was a Slovenian painter, sculptor, and print-maker. He was born in the ancient abbey town, Kostanjevica na Krki, which today is protected as a cultural and historical site. When he was 18, Gorjup moved to Zagreb, where between 1925 and 1927, he studied sculpture with the renowned Ivan Mestrovic. Mastrovic was a mentor to Gorjup and deeply influenced his work. From 1927 to 1930, Gorjup studied painting in Florence. After graduating in 1930, he returned to Kostanjevica, where he worked on the renovation of St. Nicholas Church; his efforts there represent a mature synthesis of his work, which is clearly reflected in the church’s Slovenian paintings.

Gorjup’s art shows the influence of Italian Renaissance art and modern trends, especially static Arcadian figural art (i.e., art devoted to portraying a pastoral utopia).

A permanent collection of his work is housed at the Bozidar Jakac Gallery in Kostanjevica.


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Painting: Kopalke (Swimwear); before 1932, Joze Gorjup. WikiCmns; Public Domain.


  1. poetinjena
    October 8, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Who could not be fascinated with the human form in life as in art
    in all it’s multiplicity –

    • October 8, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      pij: it’s the great obsession, the otherness in someone else that somehow isn’t other… RT

      • poetinjena
        October 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        quite so.
        And nicely said.

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